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? michele bachmann? jeb bush did not run. they got stuck with mitt romney. host: california has gone from a republican to a purple to a solid democratic state. what has changed? ronald reagan winning back in 1984. guest: i am proud to take a little bit of credit for that four at one time being the democratic party chair in california. the republican party is a mirror of the national republican party in the sense that i think they lost track of where the country was moving. republican registration in ronald reagan's day was 63.5% republican. today it is less than 30%. democrats did a good job of registering voters, but the republican party lost all of those people by their extreme right-wing philosophy and policies. host: pete wilson on the issue of immigration. why is that a mirror image? guest: we always had a hard time convincing latinos to vote, to register and to vote. we called them the sleeping giant. the sleeping giant woke up. he will send put an anti- immigration initiative on the ballot. the latino community came alive. a registered. now, they are a power in california and many
in california. if you look at why it won, it was a crossover of hispanics and black pastors and joined the republicans. rather than look at hispanics and blacks from the standpoint of what we white people want to look at, why not ask them what they're -- they're interested in? wynola get their values and their cultural agenda and their priorities and address that? that is where there is great common ground and i do not understand why republicans seemingly are afraid of their own shadow and. when it comes to that. >> in the first national election, president obama embraced gay marriage. [inaudible] is this a losing issue going forward for conservatives? >> this is an issue that is free much under debate. you're right. there were four blue stage yesterday that approved gay marriage. most of them by very narrow margins. there were far less margins in the state legislatures in some of those states. would-be disaster is is if the obama administration had used the judiciary to oppose a solution on all 50 states that involved making doma unconstitutional and cutting off a debate when the othe
8 in california. 53% voted for proposition 8 in california. we're extremely conservative. and we also have to understand there's a big difference between old latino community of, say, 20, 30 years ago, what i call cesar chavez latino community, you know, new york, puerto ricans in new york and chicago and those in the southwest, who have been in the u.s. since the u.s. basically took half of mexico and new latino population, foreign born, 40% foreign born and the rest are the children of immigrants. very conservative. i know when asked about government they may give answers that are not extraordinary. but sometimes we get caught up with polls. we certainly have seen it in this election title -- cycle. and i think with latinos, besides polling them with specific issues, if we had a better understanding of where they're coming from, will you get an understanding of why they're answering the question that way. but i believe with the latino community we lost the latino vote because of immigration. if we would have had a better position on immigration from the git-go, from the primary
system that protect patients. >> the gentleman from california. >> thank you, mr. chairman. i want to commend the congressman for his questions. we need to correct the law before the end of this year for this simple reason beginning next year, some of these interest groups will gear up to stop legislation. we do not need to have the fda to look at these compounders. they will be regulated but the state level. you are being criticized, dr. hamburg as the head of the fda, for the problems that were primarily the responsibility of the state of massachusetts, and often we hear that we should let the states handle things and not the federal government. i want to express some sympathy for you at the fda because you are in a no-win situation. the agency is accused of being a job killer, and over- regulator, and now when something terrible happens, we hear that something went wrong, and everybody is quick to jump on you for not doing enough now, if we expect you to do more, -- enough. now, if we expect you to do more we have to be sure the statutory law gives you enough to do your job. let
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